Homemade Beef Stew


A homemade beef stew recipe for the stovetop. This traditional stew is good eaten from a bowl or poured over biscuits. Substitute lamb and voila!... Irish stew! If thicker stew is desired, add more cornstarch and/or take the cover off for the last 15 to 20 minutes. The longer this simmers, the better! Vary the herbs to your taste.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat

  • 4 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 4 stalks celery, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 2 teaspoons cold water


  1. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add beef and cook until well browned.

  2. Dissolve bouillon in 4 cups water and pour into the pot; stir in rosemary, parsley, and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. Stir in potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion.

  3. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 teaspoons of cold water; stir into stew. Cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 1 hour.


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

401 Calories
21g Fat
25g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 401
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 436mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 748mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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